A HOUSING consultation which identifies land for 200 new homes in Tarporley has been labelled “dangerous” and “terrifying” by parish councillors.
Vale Royal Borough Council commissioned White Young Green consultants to prepare a draft Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment which identifies sites with potential for housing and assesses their viability for development.
The report highlights three areas of land in Tarporley which have the potential to be developed.
They include the land at Heatherways, the Brook Farm School site and the current primary school site on Park Road. The report identifies enough space to build around 200 new houses in the area.
The report claims the Heatherways site, which is a greenfield site, is the most suitable for development and could be built on within five years.
The Brook Farm site and the primary school also score highly.
Tarporley parish councillors expressed their shock that this scale of development could be considered appropriate.
Cllr Ernest Boynes said: “This is the very thing we have been dreading. We have been trying to protect our village from big new developments and they have decided there is space available.
“We have to treat this as very dangerous.”
Cllr Roy Craven said: “It is terrifying really, to think they want to build all these houses. It would change the village and alter its character.”
Parish councillors also found it “presumptuous” that the primary school site had featured in the report when it is still occupied.
The deadline for comments on the consultation is December 1.